Friday, November 09, 2012
Last month, Forrester Research reported that people assume they spend less time online than they actually do because the way people understand what it means to be "online" is changing. On the Media producer Alex Goldman talks about our changing relationship with being online and how fiction has imagined us reaching this point for decades.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It’s nearly Halloween, so soon the streets will be thronged with superheroes and pirates and princesses and politicians. And, of course, witches and vampires.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Since the '80s, Eva Maria Staal (not her real name) has sold weapons in Chechnya, Pakistan, China and beyond. Her work, while legal, frequently brought her in close contact with all kinds of underworld figures — from drug dealers to child and sex traffickers. Her debut novel “Try the Morgue,” draws on these experiences.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
David Mitchell, two-time finalist for the Booker Prize, joins us to talk about his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas. The story is told through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, and written in a different style. Novelist Michael Chabon called it “not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too.”
If you have a question for David Mitchell, leave a comment below!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Monday, October 08, 2012
Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville discusses his new novel, Ancient Light, about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career. It’s a meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Based on actual events, Tarun J. Tejpal’s The Story of My Assassins is about a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hit men on their way to kill him. The news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers and their mastermind, and forces him to reexamine his own life. The novel is part thriller, part romance, and moves from India’s grand palaces to its seediest slums.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast. It tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, then rises through the ranks to become the greatest cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one man’s rise from outcast to hero.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Mark Helprin discusses his new novel, In Sunlight and in Shadow, which begins in New York in 1946. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business but his life is upended by a single encounter with a young singer and heiress.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Ken Follett talks about his new novel, Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy, the follow-up to bestseller Fall of Giants. It picks up where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the dramas of World War II, and into the atomic age.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Set in 2004, the story centers on longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland, and their wives, who are semi-legendary Berkeley midwives. Their businesses, professional existence, and friendships are tested.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz talks about his new book of stories, This Is How You Lose Her. It’s about the haunting, impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Ben Fountain talks about his novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It tells the story of Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native who became a war hero after he survived an intense firefight in Iraq. He and his fellow survivors are being honored during the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, and over the course of the day he begins to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers both dead and alive.